Shelter and its sequel starred animal mothers on serious missions, trying to escort their children to safety through hostile lands. They're lovely-looking games but, y'know, a bit grim. Meadow [official site], the latest game from creators Might and Delight, takes those adorable animals into a safer, sillier space. It's a multiplayer sandbox where everyone just larks about. It sounds a lot like Tale of Tales's magical deer playground The Endless Forest, though with new animals taking the fun to the skies and waters. If you fancy seeing what animal parents get up to after their kids leave home (or get eaten by eagles), it's only £2.
So! Meadow has a big land to wander and gambol around. Playing as an animal - deer, rabbit, lynx, eagle, badger, and more - you, well, lark about? You can explore, or not. Join up with other players, or not. Like in The Endless Forest, communication is through emotes, symbols, and sounds. Might and Delight call it "a forum in games clothing".
If you demand progression, hey, you can unlock new emotes and skins and things.
I'm probably up for a spot of larking about. I really enjoyed The Endless Forest so I'm curious to see how its gentle playground ideas work in a larger space with more to do.
Meadows is out on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux at £1.99/2,99€/$2.99. Players who also Shelter or Shelter 2 will get to play as their starring creature, and if you own both plus the platforming spin-off Paws you can be its bear cub.
Here, have a gander at this pretty place: